Tourism Paid Media Co-op


Applications open twice a year. The next application period will be around October 2024. At this time, applications will be accepted for the Winter Co-op, which will run November 2024 - April 2025.  

The Tourism Paid Media Cooperative or Co-op helps Colorado tourism partners maximize their advertising and marketing dollars through group purchasing of media buys. Group purchasing creates discounts, because prices become cheaper when they are purchased at a higher volume. 

The Colorado Tourism Office typically operates a summer and winter campaign. The summer campaign runs from April through the end of September. The winter campaign runs from mid-October through the end of March. You can sign up to participate in one or both of these campaigns.

Under the Come to Life Colorado brand, these paid media plans measure conversions, partner referrals, and awareness through impressions. At the end of a campaign, you will receive a report that measures the co-op’s success against benchmarks.

Program benefits include:

  • access to agency creative services 
  • measurement strategies and tools
  • access to negotiated rates and premium inventory
  • increased savings with multi-channel tiers
  • affordable custom opportunities 
  • existing Colorado Tourism Office brand affinity
  • customized report of your results, with ongoing optimizations
  • traffic driven directly to your website
  • evolved opportunities to reach targeted audience segments and further drive impact and efficiencies
  • Colorado Tourism Office matching funds

Webinar Recording

View the Summer 2024 Co-OpWebinar recording here.  




Type: Marketing promotion

For: Tourism partners

Application period:  October 2024

OEDIT division: Colorado Tourism Office

To become eligible you will need to:

  • Identify as a Destination Marketing/Management Organization (DMO).  Non-DMO tourism organizations and businesses are encouraged to apply for our social media co-op program. (please note that State agencies outside of OEDIT are not eligible to participate in the CTO co-op program).
  • Use the Come to Life template.
  • Follow Colorado Tourism Office brand standards and photography guidelines.
  • Inform flighting, messaging, and diverse imagery considerations.
  • Review and approve all creative before launch.
  • Have creative that links directly to your website.


The Colorado Tourism Office can customize paid media cooperative opportunities to fit your needs. Customization includes:

  • seasonality
  • tiered investments or a-la-carte investments
  • geofencing and in-state targeting
  • content alignment

Shared and dedicated email

Reach travelers through a one-to-one communication channel. This channel extends the Colorado Tourism Office’s reach by purchasing audience lists and custom publisher emails. Shared emails feature up to six partners in the same email. Dedicated emails feature only one partner with 100% share of voice and options to target a more diverse and representative audience segment. 

Sequential Digital Display with MIQ 

Partners benefit from Colorado’s custom audiences and hyper-targeted digital approach to reach consumers through a seamless sequential messaging strategy at the final stage when they are ready to book.

Online travel agency digital display

With the ability to reach consumers in the midst of trip planning and influence consumers through each stage of planning, online travel agencies can hyper-target with their proprietary data. Our partnership allows placements on Tripadvisor, which otherwise could have a hefty minimum spend requirement as a barrier for many destinations and attractions.

Native Ads

Leverage advertisements that feel natural and cohesive on publisher sites to encourage engagement.  

Travel programmatic digital display

Leverage travel data partner data offered through Sojern to target high-value consumers who have not booked their trip to Colorado but are demonstrating intent and drive conversions to Colorado Tourism Office partner websites as they plan.

Connected TV viewer retargeting

Reach consumers who have been exposed to the Colorado Tourism Connected TV ads with partner messaging in HTML5 standard display ad format to engage consumers further into the details of trip planning.

Rich Media Map Unit

Participate in a custom map unit that alows partners to feature their attraction/destination in a unique way that drives interest and visitation.  

You can participate at one of four paid media investment tiers. Every tier includes a match from the Colorado Tourism Office. Matching funds are limited and first-come, first-served.

Benefits by level

Media TacticTier 1 - $25,000Tier 2 - $10,000Tier 3 - $3,000Tier 4 - $1,500
eTarget Email (Shared or Dedicated)XXXX
Sojern Travel Programmatic DisplayXXXX
Trip Advisor OTA DisplayXX  
MiQ Sequential Digital DisplayXX  
Undertone Rich Media Map UnitXX  
Connected TV Digital Display RetargetingX   
Total Media Value$93,145$50,680$17,625$8,250
Estimated Impressions8.393,5784,284,9651,800,000900,000


Applications for the Summer Co-Op are February 28 - March 12, 2024.  

  • Apply for the Summer General Co-Op here.  
  • Apply for the Do Colorado Right Co-Op here.  

The application period for the winter co-ops will open around October 2024.


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